On Ice – receiving Best Film Award

On Ice – receiving Best Film Award © Beeping Bush

A gala event was held at Margate’s Theatre Royal to celebrate the entries of this year’s 2 Days Later Short Horror films competition.

The contest was open to all film makers and required them to produce a short horror film in 48 hours featuring 3 items from a list supplied by the organisers of the event, Beeping Bush.

This year 37 films were screened at the event, with seventeen entries coming from Kent and the rest from all over the UK and even as far as Switzerland.

The panel of judges included screen writer James Moran, whose writing credits include Severance, Spooks Code 9 and Dr Who, Jo Nolan, Chief Executive of Screen South and Mike Shaw, Founder and Editor-in Chief of The Void entertainment website.

12 prizes were awarded by the judges including ‘Best Short Film’, which was given to the Northfleet based film makers of On Ice and ‘Best SFX’ which was awarded to Canterbury based Nicolas Silk for his animated film Life. Additionally two prizes were presented to films voted most popular by the audience.

The co-director of the event, Mick Etherton from Beeping Bush, said ‘The filmmakers really got into the ‘spirit’ of the event. The audience experienced a very diverse and innovative programme this year. We had everything from Zombies slaying Vikings, to Hammer House homage of The Spanish Inquisition, set in the jagged rocks of Switzerland, and spoken in Latin! Physiological thriller chases and comedy killer Ukulele players, to haunting computer animations that had them all cowering in the aisles with fright and laughter!  Over 300 people came along to taste the atmosphere and take a fright!’

Sponsored by Thanet District Council, Kent County Council and Screen South, the festival has been running for 6 years and has received over 175 entries made especially for the competition. Last year’s winner of ‘Best Film’, The Soldier by Shaun Roberts-Smith has just been released cinematically at Showcase Cinemas.